Paul McCartney wrote "Blackbird" in Scotland after reading about race riots in the U.S. when federal courts forced the racial desegregation of the Arkansas capital's school system.
Al Green's "Take Me to the River" describes a baptism. Two years later, he became a reverend.
The '40s hit "Rum and Coca-Cola" is really about American soldiers soliciting prostitutes in Trinidad.
"Strawberry Letter 23" by The Brothers Johnson was written by Shuggie Otis, whose girlfriend would send him letters written on strawberry scented paper.
The song "Without You," a hit for Nilsson in 1972 and Mariah Carey in 1994, was written and originally recorded by Badfinger in 1970.
Yoko Ono has always denied requests to cover "Imagine" with the line "no religion, too" omitted or changed.
When you have a song called "Fire," it's tempting to set one - these guys did.
The evolution of the symbol that was Prince's name from 1993-2000.
We ring the Hell's Bells to see what songs and rockers are sincere in their Satanism, and how much of it is an act.
It wasn't her biggest hit as a songwriter (that would be "Bette Davis Eyes"), but "Put a Little Love in Your Heart" had a family connection for Jackie.
Their frontman (Chris Cornell) started out as their drummer, so Soundgarden takes a linear approach when it comes to songwriting. Kim explains how they do it.
The head of Drake's estate shares his insights on the late folk singer's life and music.
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